The incident is recorded in 2 Samuel 9:1-13 and is loaded with types of our so great salvation. In verse 1, David wants to be kind to any of Saul’s heirs. In the quest it’s discovered that Jonathan has son. The son is lame on both feet, meaning he was unable to walk. Due to the demise of Saul and Jonathan he is destitute and totally demoralized. David summons him and tells him of all the wonderful things he is going to do for him, things that will counter his lameness and enable him, lift him to a much higher standard of living.
Notice and learn from the awed response of Mephibosheth:
2 Samuel 9:8 “And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?”
Saul’s grandson saw himself as a lame, worthless dead dog, unable to attack any enemy as live dog could. He was offered a place of honor and prestige, of protection by the King and abundant provision and protection under the king’s banner. Yet he saw himself as worthless.
In our life as Christians the Bible, life experience and the critical eye of other Christians can give us the truth that except for one thing, we are pretty much in the condition of this crippled man.
You see Mephibosheth had spent much of his life looking at his deformed feet and a dead father. He forgot that he was the grandson of a king. He had trouble believing that David, the one who straightened things out would actually take him, as he was, and freely give the blessing of the kingdom to him.
I am fairly certain that many, if not most, Christians fall into the same mind set as this grandson of Saul. We spend far too much time focusing on our lack, on our past heritage and as a result lived as Christian derelicts, limping through life when we could mount up with wings as eagles, we could be running the course the Lord has set before us, persistently overcoming the obstacles along the course.
So, are you living life contemplating your inability or are you living in the bountiful supply of Jesus Christ?
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